In Due Course

Genomics is just picking up steam, the Broad Institute's Eric Lander tells The Atlantic. As a comparison, Lander notes that it took some 75 years to go from understanding that microbes cause infectious diseases to the widespread implementation of antibiotics to treat those diseases. "With genomics, we're maybe halfway through that cycle — something like the situation around 1915, when early, highly imperfect antibiotics were first introduced," he says.

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